Friday, March 20, 2015

Dining by Design NY 2015





Dining by Design


Last night New York City was full of hustle, bustle and excitement as usual, especially over Dining by Design! This five day event fundraises for DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) which is one of the country’s largest supporters of people living with AIDS and preventive education for those at risk.


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I met up with my friends Tyler Wisler of HGTV & George to the Rescue and Bobby Berk of Bobby Berk Home which always is a blast!


The pictures below are some of the gorgeous designs from the event…. Plus a little look at Tyler, Bobby and me ! 





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Being at an event with such captivating and intricate designs shaped a night filled with laughs and good company to be even more priceless.


Take a look at DIFFA's website to see how you can make a difference! 

http://diffa.org/





















Friday, March 13, 2015

Modernism Week - Design Plan



The Design Plan







Before the girls and I could set out to warm and sunny Palm Springs I had to formulate my design. The color direction for the master bath was green and blue which is PERFECT to create a masculine look.

            


                  

              Every design starts with an inspiration which molds the whole look. Wondering what that was? Marble walls! This element weaved together the whole look by creating a base for the design. By blending in rich variations of navy and emerald I was able to accomplish a fresh and clean look.

    
  

Now, flat colors are NEVER fun. 
When thinking of how I could add some spice into the room my mind flew directly 
to à wallpaper! Lacquered Strié and Mad For Plaid by Phillip Jefferies were the winning choices! These components added personality to the space, intriguing people to take a peek!


    After deciding on the furniture, 
the final step was the accessories! Intricate lighting, artwork and plants were used to complete the space.




Once the design was set and ready to go, so were we! 
Saturday February 7th, the girls and I woke up bright and early, said goodbye to  cold and snowy New York and hello to sunny California! 





Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Modernism Week 2015 Palm Springs, Ca



Modernism Week 
2015


For most people February 14th means pink and red hearts and LOTS of chocolate but in the design world it marks a different kind of “love”, Modernism Week! In Palm Springs, California, February 14th- 22nd is a week to celebrate and appreciate mid-century architecture, design and contemporary thinking. Christopher Kennedy invited 12 top designers from around the country to create mod spaces reminiscent of Hollywood in the 50's, 60's and 70's .  I was thrilled when he offered me the master bath to design.  When it was time to implement the design, My team and I flew to Palm Springs, rented a FABULOUS Mid Century house for our home base and set to work.
Here is a sneak peek into our California visit... more posts to follow!







Friday, February 6, 2015






BOLD~DOOR




Color = Exciting & Fun                Black = Rich & Elegant


      When you think of your bedroom door you probably think of something that lets you walk in and out of a room. If I asked you to recall any of the details of it you most likely wouldn’t know what to say, other than that it’s a white/ brown rectangle. There’s a way to change this: COLOR!! It seems so simple and it is! Painting your door with a color can increase the drama of that room adding an extra element of design. Using bright colors such as coral, candy apple red and capri will brighten up the room adding supplementary light. On the other hand, using a deep color such as black will create an ambiance of elegance and richness. All it takes in a trip down to any hardware store to gain these extra design points!
~ Jenny G.
***All images were used from various websites.***

Friday, November 7, 2014

Fall Trends 2014




What’s New This Fall?

"Striking silhouettes, handcrafted detail, and highlight of seductive textures appear to reign supreme this fall …"
- James Saavedra, Saavedra Design Studio


Left to Right: Natural Curiosities, Massoud, Jaxon Home


         TEXTURE:
 Incorporating the elements of nature will create a dramatic visual impact on your space. Adding bold and exotic styles that people can’t help but touch, adds energy to a room. Texture doesn't only mean fabrics anymore, it also pertains to art. Natural Curiosities’ Daedalus is comprised of 3,000 hand-painted feathers gathered to create a beautiful piece of work.


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Silhouette:
This fall we are giving more attention to the shape of furniture.  Using curves, bold hard edges and even clear sides invents a playful form that will evoke a curiosity and excitement to a room.  Some designers to check out are: Calligaris, Caracole and B. Pila Design.





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Handcrafted Detail:

Abstract, organic, rough textures and dark earth tones are the way to go this season. Mixing traditional techniques with hand woven fabrics create a cultural environment.  Arteriors and M.A Trading are two places to check out. Arteriors luxurious traditional accessories and M.A Trading’s unique bold pieces will help accomplish this look.

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West Elm is a company that excels in handcrafted home products. They collaborate with 20 artisan groups in 15 countries. Their process is a combined effort of different workers doing different tasks. There is 1 hand-carver to make the block à 2 hand-block printers to print the patterns à 4 women to hand stitch the quilt = 7 craftspeople to make one hand blocked quilt.       






~ Jenny G.
















Friday, October 31, 2014



A Look into High Point Market 2014: STYLE SPOTTERS


For anyone that doesn't have the chance to make it to High Point Market this year this is the place to get a glimpse at what the Style Spotters are marking in and what is out.

All products from Arteriors

Nicole Gibbons:
      
As we shy away from chevron patterns and faux taxidermy animals, gold and brass accents are moving in strong. Incorporating these accents into your home will create a warm space with a hint of luxury. 


  
      


One place to check out is Arteriors who collaborates with experienced artisans and manufacturers around the world. Working in materials such as leather, iron, bronze, and much more, they can help you accomplish a warm luxurious look. Their one-of-a-kind products include traditional accessories in classical materials focusing on lighting, wall décor, decorative accessories and furniture. 



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Left à Right 
Top two pieces: Taylor King 
Bottom two pieces: Bunny Williams & Tonic Living
Some unexpected trends are coming out of High Point Market this year such as marbleizing products. Marbleizing furniture and accessories is a great way to put a modern spin on any unnoticed piece. Furthermore, making its way back from the 1920’s is Art Deco! Rich colors and bold geometric shapes will vamp up any room creating a glamorous space. Adding touches of these ideas will add style to your home and will make people go "WOW!"






To guide you on your path to glamour this season is Taylor King. Flourishing in handcrafted custom upholstered furniture this company will devise a piece to look like a masterpiece. They sell various types of seating options from ottomans to reclining chairs. Including Taylor King’s pieces in your home will give life to a room with style and function. 



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Links to products shown above:

Bunny Williams ~ http://bunnywilliams.com/



All ideas are from elle decor's website 
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Monday, December 30, 2013

End of 2013 Recap

It's been a pretty exciting year at MTD.  Lot's of fun projects- so many master bedroom redos! Seems that having a special, private retreat has been top of mind for many of our clients.  A close second was the family room.  Deep sectionals in textural fabrics ... not to mention a few daring moments with velvet!  Dining rooms were all about glamour this year with over scaled metallic wallpaper patterns still going strong. The crystal of the chandeliers reflecting glittery light patterns off the metallic probably encouraged a bit more than the usual appetites!

One of my favorite projects this year was a "Destination Design" project for a client's home in the Dominican Republic. Sourcing and installing in the DR was actually a fun twist for us! I made so many new contacts there and worked with a great team of contractors and installers.  Of course, having my design team travel with me was a great experience. Genie and Analee were terrific on site and really helped pull all the details together.

Super Storm Sandy left too many victims rebuilding their homes.  We helped quite a few clients with their efforts- new walls, floors, kitchens, baths... the list seemed endless but in the end their homes were brought back to the comfortable havens they deserved.  George Oliphant of WNBC TV's George To The Rescue came calling at MTD and we worked with him and an amazing, dedicated team of electricians and sub contractors to help The Weyant family of Freeport  put their home back together.  That was the project that touched my heart the most - the tears that were shed at the reveal didn't just come from Priscilla and Cody that day.

The economy must be rebounding - we have no less than three new home builds on Long Island we are working with clients on, one full house renovation in the Hamptons, a NYC upper west side apartment renovation and decoration, and quite a few multi room projects as well.  Phew! Amazingly, we still have plenty of energy for whatever new project knocks on our doors in the new year.

Thank you 2013 for being so generous to us.  Here's to your successor - 2014 - and all the promise that the New Year brings!

Cheers!!

Marlaina